He’s at it again. Trump with fellow right-wing conservatives Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Senator David Perdue (R-GA) unveiled a bill on Wednesday aimed at cutting legal immigration levels over a decade.
The bill, called the Raise Act, will give preference to high-skilled immigrants and aims to limit the number of low-skilled immigrants who benefit from welfare. Currently, more than one million green cards are granted per year to foreigners which gives them permanent legal residence in the U.S., this bill cut this number in half. Trump reasoned that green card holders have taken away job opportunities for American workers and have increased risks to national security.
However, according to a report by the National Academies of Science, immigrants do not take American jobs. “The prospects for long-run economic growth in the U.S. would be considerably dimmed without the contributions of immigrants,” said the report. Trump’s bill will also eliminate a visa diversity lottery that has awarded 50,000 green cards a year primarily to Africans. This new piece of legislation will have massive implications for the future of the American immigration system, effectively eliminating the country of low-skilled immigrants.
Source: Washington Post